LG Patent Suit Tries to Block PS3 Shipments

In response to a Sony filing some patent lawsuits against its mobile business, tech company LG has filed a patent claim of its own: against some Blu-Ray disc-playing hardware.

LG claims that “certain electronic devices having a Blue-Ray Disc player and components thereof” violates four of its patents. The only Sony product that LG targets specifically, though, is the Playstation 3.

According to the Bloomberg report, LG is filing complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an attempt to block the import of Sony’s products, since the ITC can halt imports that violate U.S. patents. So no more PS3 shipments, potentially. LG is also hoping to get some money out of Sony by suing it in California federal court, seeking “cash compensation for the unauthorized use of its inventions.”

I have a feeling it’s been a little too long since the PS3 came out for LG to actually make any headway with a patent infringement suit, but that doesn’t mean it can’t hang Sony up in court for a while in the meantime. Mostly, it seems like LG is just out for a little payback over the mobile suit. Apparently lawsuits are the new pistols at dawn, but way more boring.

Via Joystiq.

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2 Comments on LG Patent Suit Tries to Block PS3 Shipments


On February 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

LoL man first the rootkey and now this, poor sony :(

Taylor J MIller

On March 20, 2011 at 12:56 am

I hope LG looses big time because it is really too late to get anything from the “patent infringement” suit, that should have been a lot earlier in the making process of the PS 3.
I due Sony makes more of the PS3s that can also play PS2 because alot of us gamers were sad that we had to trade in our PS2 games because the new system won’t play the old games. I would pay more for a PS3 or PS4 that could play alot of the other old games, instead of waiting years for them to remake them in the newer format, because that takes years. I would most likely see a PS2 game be made into a PS3 game by the time Sony comes out with the Sony PS4 Next-Gen.